Chile’s HyEx inexperienced H2, ammonia challenge will get enviro approval

April 28 (Renewables Now) – Chile-based utility group Engie Latam SA and ammonium nitrate producer and industrial explosives provider Enaex SA have acquired environmental approval to begin their complementary initiatives involving inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing and inexperienced ammonia synthesis within the Chilean area of Antofagasta.

As reported last summer, Engie Latam proposed to construct an array of electrolysers with a complete capability of round 26 MW to provide inexperienced hydrogen for its half of the HyEx challenge it developed with Enaex. Enaex, for its half, proposed to construct a inexperienced ammonia plant with a view to provide 18,000 tonnes yearly utilizing Engie’s inexperienced hydrogen.

Based on Chile’s database that tracks environmental analysis procedures, each initiatives secured approval on Wednesday.

The HyEx challenge companions plan to construct the amenities shut to every close to the town of Tocopilla and linked them through a hydrogen pipeline. Engie operates a thermal energy plant in Tocopilla, which can provide demineralised water for the inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing course of, and the realm itself boasts vital photo voltaic assets.

Engie’s a part of the challenge additionally contains the development of a hydrogen compression system and a storage station. The utility firm expects to take a position some USD 47 million (EUR 44.8m) in its share of the HyEx growth.

Enaex plans to take a position USD 49 million for the development of an air separation plant and the ammonia manufacturing facility. Its liquid ammonia can be shipped by vans to the Enaex plant within the metropolis of Mejillones, the place it will likely be used to provide ammonium nitrate.

Based on their respective environmental influence statements, building of the amenities is because of begin in 2024.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.954)

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